Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has advocated for the sustainable management of fresh water resources to boost the economy and increase job provision for millions of youths in Nigeria.
He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing prelude to World Water Day.
Citing the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Water and Jobs,’ Engr Adamu stated that the federal government was determined to create jobs for the teeming youth population through innovative methods and programmes.
He blamed the prevalence of high unemployment in Nigeria on the lack of diversification in job creation.
“Jobs exist where there is public need. Access to water and sanitation are major global challenges. These gaps and challenges represent job opportunities for water and sanitation sector which is why the government is interested in instituting a seamless mechanism for mainstreaming the water and sanitation sector in Nigeria’s economic process.”
He further explained that the ministry was currently working out a new nationwide water and sanitation programme that would be partly private sector driven.
“We are also working towards proper training of youth on water and sanitation based enterprises in the bid to ensure that they participate in activities that actually provide openings for immediate employment in corporate jobs and in the small and medium scale industries.”
According to the minister, every region and state in Nigeria has abundant potentials for creating sustainable jobs in the water and sanitation sector.
“It might interest you to know that half of the world’s workers or employees work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs largely depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery, yet they are often not recognised.”
World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended.
The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then.